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Hadid makes South Korean debut with new cultural hub

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a £272million cultural hub in Seoul, South Korea

Built in one of the busiest and most historic districts of the city, the 62,957m² Dongdaemun Design Plaza has four storeys above ground and three basement levels and replaces a baseball stadium and flea market.

Designed for the Seoul Design Foundation, the city-run operator of the hub, the building contains two exhibition halls, two convention halls, a design museum, design lab, education centre and conference halls.

The building stands alongside a 30,000m² park that incorporates a restored castle wall and provides a ‘green oasis within the busy urban surroundings of Dongdaemun’.

It is understood around 300,000 people visited the building during its opening weekend (22/23 March).

Project data

Architect Zaha Hadid Architects
Local architect Samoo Architects & Engineers (Seoul, Korea)
Structural Services/lighting/acoustic: ARUP Engineers (London, U.K.)
Landscape Gross Max (Edinburgh, U.K.)
Facade Group 5F (Basel,Switzerland)
Geometry Evolute (Vennia, Austria)
Quantity surveyor Davis Langdon & Everest (London, U.K.)
Structure Postech
Mechanical Samoo Mechanical Consulting (SMC)
Electrical Samoo TEC
Facade Mac M&C
Civil Saegil Engineering & Consulting
Landscape Dong Sim Won
Fire Korean Fire Protection Engineering
Lighting Huel Lighting Design
Quantity surveyor Kyoung Won
Cultural asset Josun
Acoustic OSD
Noise RMS Technology
Energy analytics Daeil ENC
Maintenance Doall CMC
Environmental impact Soosung Engineering
Planning permission Sewon P&D

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